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New attitude pays off in major way as Mojave upsets Desert Pines


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Mojave football players Billy Murphy, Xavier Anderson and Jasen Smith Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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Midway through the third quarter Friday night, Mojave was exactly where everyone thought it would be against Desert Pines.

The Rattlers trailed 18-6, looking destined to fall against a more established opponent for the umpteenth time in the past decade.

“The old Mojave would have given up,” coach Joe Delgado said. “The new Mojave stayed in the game, kept their heads up and went after it.”

Mojave went on to pull off what’s arguably the biggest upset of the high school football season so far in front of its home crowd. Mojave 29, Desert Pines 18.

“With the way we came out against Boulder City last week, we didn’t play up to our potential and we wanted to even things up,” Delgado said.

Delgado never felt Mojave was out of the game. After all, the Rattlers defense only gave up one touchdown.

Desert Pines’ other two scores came from a kickoff return to start the game and a missed field-goal return. After Desert Pines scored to go up 12, Mojave stalled and Delgado pulled off a trick.

He ran a fake to sophomore Ty Flanagan that converted. A couple of plays later, Delgado called another play for Flanagan, who took a screen 65 yards for a touchdown.

Senior defensive back Jalon Dean took an interception back for a touchdown for the go-ahead points, and sophomore quarterback Zack Arave scrambled into the end zone to add some insurance.

“This game was really important to us,” Delgado said.

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